The IRP mission is the scientific research, technological development, innovation and knowledge transfer in the field of heritage conservation, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary work.

The IRP has the following specific goals:


  • Developing methodologies, projects and interventions in the field of cultural goods conservation to enhance the cultural heritage.
  • Heritage preventive conservation planning to avoid heritage damage.
  • Developing graphical and computer models to register the condition of heritage property.
  • Developing scientific analysis methods to study the artistic materials and to control conservation processes.
  • Developing cutting-edge technologies for the diagnosis and treatment of cultural heritage, as well as studying traditional techniques.

Knowledge transfer:

  • Promoting and organizing seminars, master classes and meetings a national and international level.
  • Taking part in national and international research and operational networks.
  • Promoting contacts and information exchange between conservation scholars and specialists from different institutions.
  • Promoting the collaborative R&D work between public institutions and private companies.
  • Developing tools for the dissemination of the IRP’s research results, in order to promote knowledge transfer between the university, private, for-profit companies and society in general.
  • Disseminating the conservation works done at the IRP, thus contributing to the public appreciation of heritage property.


  • Organizing short and long-term courses for conservation professionals and students.
  • Promoting the debate over the contents and approaches in conservation training and developing proposals of new degrees that can improve the quality of training.